The Cove is a story that’s been 170 years in the making. Some five generations have worked, played and lived on this land. It’s no ordinary farmer’s patch. Perched high above Bass Strait, the fertile farmland tumbles down to meet the sea. It’s idyllic.
Kim and Bruce Robinson raised their family here after a childhood filled with memories of starry nights watching little penguins make their way up to hillside rookeries near their campfire. These ‘penguin nights’ continued with grandchildren.
There soon came a quiet pull to share the magical experience with others. Sitting on the deck of their son’s home looking across farmland rolling down to the coastline, a few simple words would re-invent the family story: ‘We should do glamping down there,’ Kurt said to his parents. Though tents would surely be whipped away by Roaring Forties winds, the casual comment would ignite what today has become a multi-million-dollar retreat.
The Robinsons now share their picturesque home turf with a global audience. They flock to this working farm for everything from a quiet stay to destination weddings.
You can choose from the ultra-luxe villa, with its outdoor bath and privacy, through to charming A-frames, cliffside chalets and hillside cabins. Upon request, dial-up the experience with a private chef or in-house massage. The Cove is about settling into Tassie life your way – whether that be sipping bubbles on your deck or reading a book in one of the secret coves.
The Alexander Lounge is a generous space complete with an outdoor courtyard, firepit and stylish kitchen. Fire up the barbecue, gather for long-table meals, sit by the fire and soak up uninterrupted sea views. Lose hours to a board game or lean back in a comfy beanbag to watch the sun sink over the horizon.
Tailored experiences include farm tours, e-bikes, an onsite spa centre and firepits on the seashore.
Opening in 2021, The Cove has already collected a swathe of national awards and continues to develop in new ways. The high-end offering may be modern and luxurious but there are some things that will forever stay the same. Just as they did five generations before, little penguins will always scamper up the hill to their burrows, much to the delight of guests. The Cove is their home too. Always will be.
Nature’s wonders, gracious hospitality and the comfiest of beds. This is why people from all over the world are drawn to this farming home on a hilltop.
256 Waverley Road, Devonport
(03) 6410 8009